It’s almost June, which means the start of the Canadian football season is upon us. While not as flashy, wealthy or well known as our southern neighbour’s football league, the CFL has just as much (if not more) history behind it, and a quality of on-field play that is higher than I think most people would assume. A rundown for those more familiar with the American brand of gridiron football: the CFL was created via a merger in 1958 between the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (founded 1907) and the Western Interprovincial Football Union (founded 1911). There are currently nine teams, unevenly divided 4-5 into the East Division and West Division respectively, although there have been plans for some time now to add a 10th team representing the Atlantic provinces in either Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. This season, teams will be competing for the 110th Grey Cup. East Division Toronto Argonauts Hamilton Tiger-Cats Montréal Alouettes (Les Alouettes de Montréal) Ottawa RedBlacks (Le Rouge et Noir d'Ottawa) West Division Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saskatchewan Roughriders Edmonton Elks Calgary Stampeders BC Lions There are a few major rules differences between the CFL and NFL that make the Canadian game distinctly different. The field is both longer and wider (110 yards x 65 yards); the goalposts are at the front of the endzone, which is 20 yards long; there are only three downs per posession, which leads to a faster-paced and strategically different game; there’s no fair catch rule on punt returns; there are 12 players on the field; there are only two timeouts per team; a missed field goal that either goes out of the endzone or lands in the endzone but is not removed by the defending team is worth one point (this is famously called a rouge). There are others, but these would be the most immediately notable differences when watching a game. I have no idea how much interest there will actually be in a thread like this, but I figured if we have threads for the XFL and USFL, why not the CFL? If you want to follow along, the schedule for the 2023 season is linked here.